Ron Presley and Ely Salinas, who conducted the demonstration, have more than 3.5 million accident-free miles and 34 years of driving experience between them. Presley is an over-the-road driver with ABF Freight System and a member of the ATA's America's Road Team. Salinas, a local driver for Wal-Mart, is also a safety trainer and presenter and a member of Wal-Mart's Safe Miles Award.
Duplicating a highway scenario with cars and trucks, they demonstrated to local motorists the four blind spots (No-Zones) around tractor-trailers where cars "disappear" from a truck driver's view. The demonstration was conducted in both English and Spanish.
In the past two years, ATA's "How to Drive" program, a partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, has reached 30 million U.S. households with its lifesaving message, according to the association.